Obama Tells SC Crowd to Not Take Polls for Granted

By Jake Whitman

Jan 22, 2008 3:57am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: After a combative debate, Barack Obama stopped by a debate watching party at "Broadway Louie’s" sports bar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Calling the debate vigorous Obama said, "I thought we had some fun tonight," to a crowd of supporters and local staff members.

Just five days to the South Carolina primary, Obama holds a slight lead in most polls. But in learning from overconfidence from the poll numbers leaning in his favor the week before his New Hampshire primary loss, Obama made clear he’s not counting on any votes before they are cast.

"I am absolutely confident that the only way we lose this election is if we don’t turn out the way we should.  You may decide ‘well you know what maybe Barack’s got it in the bag, because the polls look good.’ Remember the polls in New Hampshire? We cannot take anything for granted."

Highlighting the importance voters have in South Carolina to keep him competitive in the February 5th states, Obama reminded people of the score board with Senator Clinton, "If we work hard in the next five days, we will win South Carolina. And if we win South Carolina, now it’s two all. She’s got two and we’ve got two, and we go into February 5th with more than twenty states at stake and if we’ve got momentum then we can do extraordinarily well."

Obama will spend all or part of the remainder of the five days in South Carolina leading up to Saturday’s primary.

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